Post-Op Recovery Home Preparation
Your mind is likely preoccupied with your upcoming back surgery, but it is crucial to prepare your home ahead of time for optimal post-op recovery.
What you will need to do depends on the type of surgery you will undergo and the design of your abode. What you do not want to do is climb stairs. Another tip: Do not be shy about asking family, friends, and neighbors for help if you need it. Knowing that you followed essential home preparation regulations for your post-op recovery will help tremendously following surgery.
First Floor vs. Subsequent Stories
If you live in a one story home or apartment you may not need to move furniture around to any great extent. If you have a bedroom on the second floor and a bathroom on the first floor, it is easier to arrange to have a bed installed temporarily in your living room or other first-floor room.
You will need to make some changes to the bathroom you intend to use during your recuperation. These include raising the toilet seat and installing grab bars so you can lift yourself on and off the toilet. Do not try to substitute towel racks for grab bars – they are not created for this purpose and could break.
Purchase a bath chair to use when taking a shower, and add non-skid mats to the shower stall or tub and to the bathroom floor. Make sure all bathing needs – soaps, shampoo, conditioner and the like – are within reach so no excessive movement is necessary.
You may opt to take sponge baths rather than deal with showering, especially if you live alone or have limited help available.
Protect Yourself in the Home
Take a good look at your home before you go in for surgery. Are there a lot of throw rugs? Remove them until you are fully recovered, to avoid a tripping hazard. The same holds true for furniture that may impede you when using a walker, crutches, or wheelchair.
Install night lights so you can see clearly if you have to get out of bed in the dark. If there are any dark areas in your home, place a lamp in them for good nighttime illumination.
Stock Up on Necessities
Stock up on everything required for your daily needs prior to surgery. That includes filling the freezer and pantry, and buying sufficient amounts of toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene products, and other necessities.
For the time being, consume healthy meals that only require microwaving so you are not spending a lot of time trying to prepare food or wash dishes.
Buy paper plates and plastic cutlery so you do not have to bend over and put items in the dishwasher or try to put dishes or pots and pans in cabinets or shelves.
Contact a Doctor Today
If you suffer from back pain and would like to know more about the process of surgery and the post operative care, call our office today to arrange an appointment and consultation.